In recent weeks, Georgia Southwestern has relied on Arnett extensively with various players missing time due to nagging injuries.
Arnett has averaged 36 minutes over the last 10 games, playing at least 34 minutes in each contest.
“It’s tough, man,” Arnett said. “It takes a lot out of you. I have a lot of responsibilities. It’s just not my scoring that is helping us win. I’m playing defense, I’m rebounding. We always talk about who’s [up] next. I really had no choice but to play those minutes.”
Leedy admitted playing those many minutes isn’t ideal, but the injuries “have put a little more premium on Alan.” Still, when the team is back to full health, his minutes will decline some, but not by a large amount.
“He’s just too valuable to be sitting over on the bench,” Leedy said.
Arnett’s only significant struggle this season came earlier from the perimeter, where he made just one of his 22 attempts from the 3-point line over the first 13 games.
Since that point, Arnett has made 13 of 32 (40.6 percent) from beyond the arc over the past eight games.
“We never lost confidence in him as a coaching staff,” Leedy said. “I think he just needed to see himself make a few in a game to get his confidence back.”
Georgia Southwestern is 8-4 in the Peach Belt Conference’s West Division, 21/2 games behind first-place Montevallo. The conference has two teams — South Carolina Aiken (9th) and Montevallo (12th) — ranked nationally, while Georgia Regents and Georgia Southwestern have also been ranked this season.